Solid Clay for building Rifle Butt
Location: flat plain
at Warracknabeal Rifle Club
Values for this soil:
The clay behind the rifle butt is the building material for the mound. This was dug up and created decades ago.
The clay ground in front of it to a couple of hundred metres was also dug up at selected distances and mounded into much smaller shooting mounds for shooters to lie on at presrcibed distances.
– Lead bullet shot , being small, does not penetrate far into the soil. – It is recovered without damaging the butt.
– Native grasses have colonized some of the steep slopes to protect it – as shown in the photo
– 4WD illegally entering and using the butt are the greatest danger in destroying this protective cover and opening bare soil to erosion – as shown in the photo – this is the greatest challenge.
– another clay mound constructed for sport in the BMX circuit Soil Selfies from Adelaide, South Australia
– building with clay bricks in the mud brick home at Warracknabeal Soil Selfies from Victoria.
– about managing clay soil shrinkage and movement in the Box Hill Bridges Soil Selfies from Victoria
– about fine clays exposed to winds and rains in danger of soil erosion in the Werrigar Soil Selfies and in LN post
Credits : Photos, interview, editing and page created by Jeanie Clark, enviroed4all®, Warracknabeal, for use in education under a (cc) licence 2015 Greg Burke, of the Warracknabeal Rifle Club, gives permission for these photos by Jeanie Clark and information to be used under a (cc) license 2015
page setup 12 July 2015, updated 10 January 2016